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i have a 10g thats currently housing some fish for sale and i was wondering if i could use it to breed shrimps for food for my other cichlid tank once its empty.

how fast do shrimps breed? are there certain species that are more prolific (reproduce more) than others?any species that grow faster than others? any chance a 10g tank could grow a decent amount of food for my 37g cichlid tank?
 

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I don't know about other but the 5 cherry shrimp I started with 3 weeks ago is probably close to 20 now. most are still very small babies, but if you have a good sized colony to start with you I would think you'd get lots.
 

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Unless you had several tanks of them, you'd never be able to grow enough since they're so small. I'd do crayfish instead for cichlids. They don't reproduce any faster, but since they're bigger, you wouldn't have to feed as many.
 

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Just get some of the Neocaridina Heterepoda. It doesnt have to be the red cherry or yellow shrimp, you can get the wild ones. Wsl has the wild ones for 75 cents each i think.
 

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Around 1- 2 month initially. It takes 1 month for the female to get with eggs and then 1 month for it to hatch. But once you get started it should take 1.5month for a cycle.
 
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